Why you should sell your home in the fall

Why you should sell your home in the fall

It is a common idea amongst homeowners that spring is the ideal time to list their home on the market. With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, many think that spring is when buyers are ready to make a purchase and are willing to pay top dollar to move. But, that is not exactly true.

The reality is that people are looking to buy homes all year round, and the fall can be a very smart time to list your home or consider purchasing a new home. The fall real estate market is almost always an active real estate market.

There are many benefits to listing your home for sale in the fall, and let us take you through why we think it is a great idea to sell your home during the autumn months.

‘Tis the season

 

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66 Cresswell Rd.  Kawartha Lakes

Ideally no one wants to move in the winter and serious buyers are likely itching to get the keys to their new home now rather than next spring. People want to be settled into their new home to enjoy their holiday season.

Also, buyers know that the holiday season can be tough on the wallet already, which is why they are looking to buy before budgets get tight post-holiday season. Those buyers are out there in the fall, looking for their dream home and serious about finding the right fit.

Better buyers

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Due to the popular idea spring season is the season to go house hunting, the market often gets flooded with buyers all trying to find their dream home once spring hits. During the fall, Buyers seem to have more time to properly consider and plan for their new home purchase. People are happy and relaxed as the temperature begins to fall and routines are reestablished. Fall is seen in the real estate industry as fresh renewal after the joys of the summer vacation and more relaxed schedules.

Better rates

The interest rates on mortgages are continuing to rise in Ontario, and buyers know that they should lock in their mortgage now. Waiting can cost buyers some serious money in the long-term as banks continue to up interest rates in an effort to cool the market. Purchase affordability may also be affected as new lending criteria is being released.

Selling this fall

 

If you are on the fence about selling, why not start talking about it now? With a professional experienced Realtor on your side, you will be able to get the best price for your home regardless of the season.

 

Any questions, contact us:
Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group
Call/text 905.985.7300 | www.puckrinlatreille.com
hello@puckrinlatreille.com
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Things to do this winter in and around Port Perry

As the cold weather hits us and we begin to bundle up indoors, we are lucky that our region comes to life with activities. However you choose to celebrate the holidays, the Durham Region has a lot of variety in store. From Christmas festivities, lots of lights, concerts and pop-up markets, there is something for everyone in the region to enjoy.

Some of our favorite local activities take place as the weather gets cold – we love bundling up with our friends and family and exploring the beauty of the winter season. Here is a list of some of the activities you can enjoy this winter before the New Year comes.

We will continue to update this list as we hear about new event listings.

1. Port Perry Candlelight Tree Lighting – Friday, November 17

Everyone is invited to Port Perry’s Palmer Park to get into the holiday spirit with a performance by the United Church choir as they carol down Queen St with the Claidhmor band. Grab some hot chocolate and cookies in Palmer Park afterwards and watch as the Palmer Park tree gets lit.

The event takes place from 6-9pm.

2. Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, December 2

There is no better way to kick-off the countdown to Christmas than celebrating with Santa and his crew. The theme for this year’s 2017 Scugog Santa Clause Parade is “Canada 1867 – Canada 150 Years Ago”, meaning the parade floats will take us back in time. Santa begins his public visits at the Port Perry Santa Hut in front of the post office.

The parade happens on Queen St. and starts at 5pm, ending at 7:30pm. Here is a video from last year:

 

Visit with Santa 

And don’t forget to visit with Santa at his private hut in front of the Post Office building in Downtown Port Perry.   Drop off your letters, have a chat and snap a few photos. It will be the highlight of your little ones day;  while Santa is passing through our beautiful town.      Visit with Santa is sponsored by Port Perry BIA 

Starting November 30th to December 23rd.

Thursday & Friday 3pm – 5pm  |  Saturday’s from 10am -12pm  and 1pm-3pm

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3. Ride the Santa Train in Uxbridge – November 25-17 (weekends only)

The Santa Train is a family favourite with a specially decorated Christmas themed train departing from Uxbridge Station every Saturday and Sunday from November 17 till December 17. Kids love getting to meet Santa himself to share their Christmas list as they enjoy a cool, fun one hour ride on the train.

There are three trains, departing at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Get your tickets ASAP if you want to secure your seat, as this popular activity sells out quickly.

4. Liona Boyd in concert in Port Perry – Saturday, December 9

The incredibly talented Liona Boyd will be holding a concert in Port Perry at Town Hall 1873. She has released a whopping 28 albums and is a winner of not one, but five Canadian Juno Awards. Her show is definitely not to be missed.

Concert is from 2pm-3:30pm and tickets are $62.50. You can buy them here.

5. Concerts at Town Hall – Various dates

This winter, you can catch a variety of music at the Town Hall venue in Port Perry. From a Neil Young or Tragically Hip tribute show, to a Beauty and the Beast Musical show, there is really something for everyone. Whether it is a night out on the town with some friends or your partner, or taking the whole family out, stay warm dancing and singing at Town Hall.

6. Mistletoe Market – Saturday, November 4

The annual Mistletoe Market at Emmanuel Community Church in Port Perry is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. All proceeds go towards supporting the Pregnancy Help Centre of Durham, and there are raffles, coffee bar, Christmas photos, and lots of shopping to be had.

Time: 9am until 2pm.

Address: 160 Reach Street, Port Perry

7. Kawartha Lakes festival of Trees – Thursday, November 9 – Sunday, November 12

This four day event transforms the Kawartha Settlers’ Village into a land of trees, wreaths, and garlands all decorated for the holidays. There will be a bunch of activities like wagon rides, children’s workshops, and of course, Santa for families to enjoy. For adults, there are chances to win the decorations around the space. At night time the village comes to life with light.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children.

Thursday & Friday: 5pm

Saturday & Sunday: Doors open at noon, show is at 5

8. Uxbridge Farmer’s Market Indoor Christmas Market – Sunday, November 26

A fun way to enjoy a cold day, the Uxbridge Farmer’s Indoor Christmas Market will have local produce, holiday crafts and baked goods, and tons of gift ideas for sale by local vendors. You can get a head start on your holiday shopping, or get inspired for holiday cooking!

Market is from 10am-2pm.

Address: 21 Brock St. W, Uxbridge

9. Emerging Artists of Lake Scugog Studio Tour Exhibition Opening – Saturday, November 4

Join the Lake Scugog Studio for the opening night of the Emerging Artists of Lake Scugog tour. There are 43 artists at 17 sites, welcoming artists such as Michael Zarowsky and painter Karen Fox. This event is unique and perfect for those who love to take in really talented artists.

Event is from 1pm-3pm.

Address: 181 Perry St., Port Perry

10. Lavender- Blu December Sale – Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3

There is no better Christmas gift than giving the gift of something made locally, and the lavender products at Blu December are something anyone will love. Whether it is impressing your secret Santa or treating the amazing teacher at school, these products are made from ingredients cultivated locally in Seagrave.

11. Paint Night at Scugog Museum – Thursday, November 16

Try your hand at being an artist, with all money going towards an amazing cause for this fundraising Paint Night at Scugog Museum. This event is adult only, as cocktails will be served and enjoyed. Get creative while sipping drinks with your friends, learning how to paint A Winter’s Night winter scene.

Tickets: $45

Event time: 5:30-10pm

12. Farmer’s Christmas Tractor Parade – Wednesday, December 6

Come celebrate the amazing work the farmers of Tyrone, Haydon Enfield and Enniskillen do as they decorate their farm equipment in Christmas décor and lights to drive past the Enniskillen General Store. This event is a fun, festive event with free hot chocolate, treats, and ice cream to those who like the cold. Kids will love seeing the tractors all lit up.

Time: 6pm-7pm

Address: 7851 Old Scugog Rd, Hampton

 

13.   This is going to be EPIC –  a Skating Party on December 10th to celebrate  –  #Canada150 Skating Party! Scugog Recreation & Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham can’t wait! Celebrate Canada’s big birthday with one of the most Canadian activities you can think of: Ice skating! Check out the schedule of events below and make sure to click “GOING” on to the events facebook page!

Powered by these fine organizations:  Township of Scugog Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives Scugog Memorial Public Library and Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham!    See you on Dec 10th at the Blackstock arena.  

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The Bottom Line

We know Port Perry  and Scugog is an extraordinary place any time of year. But the holiday season in Port Perry is truly something special. With this lineup of holiday events in our area and our town looking its finest, you can’t help but get into the spirit of the season!

Did we miss your favorite holiday events in Port Perry / North Durham ? Please let us know – we’d love to check them out!

Area Orientation Tour

Whether you’re moving to North Durham area or between neighborhoods within it, changing neighborhoods is hard work! We understand that making a real estate decision is more than just liking your new house – it’s about loving where you live. That’s why we provide our unique Area Orientation Tours – to help match you with home and a community you’ll truly love.

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should sell your home in the fall

Why you should sell your home in the fall

It is a common idea amongst homeowners that spring is the ideal time to list their home on the market. With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, many think that spring is when buyers are ready to make a purchase and are willing to pay top dollar to move. But, that is not exactly true.

The reality is that people are looking to buy homes all year round, and the fall can be a very smart time to list your home or consider purchasing a new home. The fall real estate market is almost always an active real estate market.

There are many benefits to listing your home for sale in the fall, and let us take you through why we think it is a great idea to sell your home during the autumn months.

‘Tis the season

 

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66 Cresswell Rd.  Kawartha Lakes

Ideally no one wants to move in the winter and serious buyers are likely itching to get the keys to their new home now rather than next spring. People want to be settled into their new home to enjoy their holiday season.

Also, buyers know that the holiday season can be tough on the wallet already, which is why they are looking to buy before budgets get tight post-holiday season. Those buyers are out there in the fall, looking for their dream home and serious about finding the right fit.

Better buyers

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Due to the popular idea spring season is the season to go house hunting, the market often gets flooded with buyers all trying to find their dream home once spring hits. During the fall, Buyers seem to have more time to properly consider and plan for their new home purchase. People are happy and relaxed as the temperature begins to fall and routines are reestablished. Fall is seen in the real estate industry as fresh renewal after the joys of the summer vacation and more relaxed schedules.

Better rates

The interest rates on mortgages are continuing to rise in Ontario, and buyers know that they should lock in their mortgage now. Waiting can cost buyers some serious money in the long-term as banks continue to up interest rates in an effort to cool the market. Purchase affordability may also be affected as new lending criteria is being released.

Selling this fall

 

If you are on the fence about selling, why not start talking about it now? With a professional experienced Realtor on your side, you will be able to get the best price for your home regardless of the season.

 

Any questions, contact us:
Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group
Call/text 905.985.7300 | www.puckrinlatreille.com
hello@puckrinlatreille.com
Re/Max All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage

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10 things to do in September in Port Perry and area

 

While the crisp, fall air is taking over and the weather is cooling off, there are many things to do in the Durham Region to beat the post-summer blues. The region in the fall is absolutely stunning, with the leaves changing color and many things to do and see. We are lucky to live in such a vibrant, outdoorsy community full of things to do.

With the summer heat subsiding, fall is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some great events before the winter hits. There is lots going on in the region, and here are a few of our top picks.

 


  1.   The Annual Port Perry Fair – Sept 2-4 at the Fairgrounds

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The Annual Port Perry Fair runs every year over Labour Day weekend and is jam packed with fun things to do. From the tractor pull to the demolition derby, the whole family will have fun seeing the animals and putting their cowboy boots to use. Check out the sheep skinning, cattle auction, and try your hand at the Tough Udder Obstacle Race.

Lots of live music and food will be available, so definitely plan to make a weekend of it!

 


  1.   Music in the Park – Final Day –  Sept 3 at Palmer Park

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Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the finale of Music in the Park. You will get to hear the sounds of the Blue Sky Flyers on Sunday, free of charge. The event takes place in the Gazebo at Palmer Park at 6:30pm and is weather permitting. Grab a picnic or a pizza, bring the whole family, and enjoy the beautiful evening in the park with incredible music.

 

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    10th Annual United Way Tour de Perry  BBQ & Tricycle Race – Sept 7 at Port Perry

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Join the United Way in Port Perry for a free BBQ and tricycle race as teams raise money to support the United Way. From noon till 2pm, you will get to see tricycles fly down Perry Street in a fun and entertaining race. If you have a team of 3 or 4 people who want to ride (with helmets!), then you can contact Cheryl Henderson (the CEO of the United Way Trike Grand Prix)  905-985-9399.

 

  1.    9th Annual Port Perry House Tour – Sept 16th at Port Perry

 

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Join the Prince Albert United Church Community Outreach for a tour of a variety of new and old homes of all sizes. You will get to take a peek at all sorts of different designs and architecture that can be found in the Port Perry, Prince Albert, and surrounding area. You will also get to stop in for a complimentary snack and refreshment at the House Tour Café at the Port Perry United Church.

The tour is from 10am -4pm and tickets are $25. Follow them on Instagram for a sneak peek.

 

  1.    The 37th Annual Terry Fox Run – Sept 17 at Port Perry Fairgrounds
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Terry Fox Run in Port Perry – Sept 17th

On Sunday Sept, 17 join the community of Port Perry at the intersection of Old Simcoe Rd and Reach St. to join the Terry Fox Run. Registration begins at 8am with the race starting at 9am. You can choose to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade with a 1km, 5km, and 10km route available. Bring your stroller or pup (on a leash) and the whole family. A BBQ and water will be provided to participants.

  1.    Seagrave United Church Family Picnic – Sept 17 at Seagrave United Church
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Seagrave United Church Family Picnic

If you are looking for a nice Sunday filled with friendly people and good food, the Seagrave United Church Family Picnic is the perfect day time activity. From 11:00-2:30, head on down to the church to check out Sam from Ontario Falconry Center at 11am with a hands on demonstrations of his amazing birds. Then, grab some hot dogs, corn on the cob, and yummy potluck salads before Dino and the Dogs comes on for a concert. There will be zorbs, snow cones, and door prize.

Bring a dish and enjoy a day that is fun for the whole family.

 

  1.    Winding Roads Country Festival – Sept 23rd at Port Perry

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham will be hosting a BBQ, silent auction, raffle, and dancing with live music from The Road Hammers and Kris Barclay. The event is 19+ so grab your partner and your friends and head over for a night of dancing and good music.

Doors open at 6pm and tickets are $60.

 


  1.    The Annual Harvest Chili-Cook-Off – Sept 24 in Port Perry

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Grab your spoon and work up an appetite – it is time for the 9th annual Harvest Chili Cook-Off. Yum! Downtown Port Perry will be overtaken with the scent of mouth-watering chili, so grab your souvenir mug and sample all of the chili stations you have room for. There will also be live music and local farmers selling their fresh produce, with mini-putt and other activities for the kids.

 

  1.    Murder Mystery Night –Sept 29 – at Scugog Shores Museum

Please note:  *** This is not an event for children,  Must be 16+ yrs old to participate ** Adults Only Event

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If you are looking for something fun, unique, and outside the norm, then you definitely have to check out the Murder Mystery Night at the Scugog Shores Museum. As a guest, you will be immersed in a mystery filled with a great cast and mysterious clues in a mystery set in the early 1800s.

An excerpt from the event page:

“It is the early 1800s and the local settlers from Scotland and Ireland are astonished when the laird of the village, Colin Campbell, suddenly disappears! He was a tyrant who controlled everyone in town and had many enemies. His ghost has been seen in the village, and on the shores of Lake Scugog people have reported hearing his eerie bagpipe music late at night. There have also been reports of a monster in the Lake. Was it the strange lake monster or did one of Colin’s neighbours finally have enough of his cruel ways?”

We are already dying to find out how it ends! There will be prizes for correct guesses and tickets are $20, which must be purchased in advance.

 

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    Greenbank Soap Box Derby – Sept 30 at Ianson Drive Hill, Greenbank

 

Join or watch as racers zip down Ianson Drive hill at the annual Greenbank Hall and Park Board Soap Box Derby on Sept 30. Funds raised at the event go towards other community races and improvements to Ianson Park. Grab your soap box or get there early to find a spot to watch the races.

 

Any questions,  Please contact The Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group
www.puckrinlatreille.com  | 905.985.7300 
144 Queen St. Port Perry 

Re/Max All-Stars Realty, Inc. Brokerage

 

If we missed any local events, please send us an email with the details and link and we’ll be sure to update the blog and mention it an.    email: hello@puckrinlatreille.com  | direct: 905.985.7300

 

Interest Rates Are Up … Now What

How is that impacting the Durham Region and Kawartha Lakes housing market?

August 29, 2017

We have been seen a lot of changes in the housing market in the Greater Toronto Area, since the Bank of Canada interest rate change (July 12, 2017) . There’s been a lot of buzz around the most recent interest rate increase, and it’s no surprise the housing market is definitely cooled down in July and August  compared to the Hot sellers market of spring 2017.

So, what’s happening in the Eastern Greater Toronto Area, specifically the Durham Region/Kawartha Lakes? Well, there are a large number of listings and certainly we are seeing fewer buyers than the hot housing market of February to May.

Interest rates and other changes

With the Bank of Canada raising its key interest rate to .75% from .50%, it’s the largest increase in the last 7 years. (July 12, 2017) Many banks are following suit and raising their rates as well. Most borrowers shouldn’t worry just yet – the increased interest rates are still quite small. For example, RBC set their rates .2% higher, which in reality only adds $13 to every $100,000 of a mortgage.     [ refer to:  RateHub.ca ]

Right now, the interest hike isn’t going to make-or-break most buyers. That being said, this interest rate rise will likely continue to deflate the confidence of the buyers’ market. We are already able to see the impact on the market with fewer buyers for each new home listed on the market.

What to watch:

The biggest impact could be the implementation of the regulation for buyers who are applying for a mortgage. Buyers may have to qualify for 2% higher than the discounted rate, which had already been instituted on insured mortgages (mortgages that have more than 80% loan to value ratio). This rule may impact all mortgages and is being reviewed by the office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Are we in trouble?

Not exactly. Buyers will qualify for less than the purchase price, which could affect the market value on homes – and we may see a decrease in prices. Yes, buyers are already feeling the changes in the market as we realize that the ship has sailed on the hot prices of spring.

The Greater Toronto Area real estate market, including our area of Durham Region, experienced a non-traditional “normal” Spring market, meaning it was a seller’s market that only had 30 days of inventory. This meant there was practically NO inventory to be sold and the laws of supply and demand were in effect. This lasted from mid January to the first week of May this year and then it ended abruptly.

 

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A balanced market

Now, we are experiencing a happy medium. The market shifted from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market. The days where there were 10 buyers for every house are gone and we are noticing a larger inventory of homes with lower price tags  ( but still fair market value.)  The average time of a home on the market in the Durham Region is now increasing.

This is not a bad thing. We’re getting back to a normal market where buyers have more choices and negotiation leverage. It makes for a much healthier market. Some sellers are expecting the high prices of the spring, but we are seeing prices come down moderately. This makes it more affordable for prospective buyers.

Durham Region & Kawartha Lakes still a good investment

One thing is for sure, despite all of these changes in the housing market, Durham Region remains a great place to invest if you are looking to live in the GTA and get out of the city. North Durham and the Durham Region as a whole, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland are still some of the most affordable places to live just outside of the GTA, and many buyers are choosing to buy a home in these locations.

Whether or not the market changes, Durham Region and Kawartha Lakes are still great places to live, work, and play. It’s a great place to invest and raise a family. If you’re thinking of coming to the area, there is no better time to buy than now!

 

Brett Puckrin,  AACI, P.App, Sales Representative
Team Leader, Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate Group 
Re/Max All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage
144 Queen St. Port Perry
www.puckrinlatreille.com 
call/text: 905.985.7300

 

 

 

Things to do in Durham Region in August

Things to do in August in Port Perry 

August is here and the summer weather is getting even better. There is a ton of fun things to do in Durham Region in August to ensure your summer ends with a bang. With the sun out in full force, there is no better time to grab your family and friends and head outside.

Heading into fall, the social calendar of the communities of Durham Region are in full affect. Whether you are into food, relaxing, enjoying nature, or good music, there is something for everyone.

Here’s our list of 10 things to do this August!

  1. Rib Fest in Port Perry – August 4-6th

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Who does not love the smell of barbeques and rib sauce? This long weekend, Port Perry will be jam packed with the smell of delicious ribs at Palmer Park, Port Perry Waterfront at Lake Scugog. The event will take place rain or shine (but fingers crossed for sunny weather!) and admission is free.

Hours are: Friday, Aug 4th (12pm -11 pm); Saturday, Aug 5th (noon-11 pm); Sunday Aug 6th (12pm-9pm)

2. Concerts in Palmer Park

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Music at Palmer Park – Every Sunday at 6:30

The free concert series at Palmer Park on Sundays is the best place to unwind before the weekend. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy the music. If you want to make a night of it, there are many restaurants in the area — grab something to go, like pizza, and enjoy the sunset and sounds. Concerts start at 6:30 and go until 9pm, and there is a park playground for the kids to enjoy.

August Schedule:

 

Aug 06 – Ribfest event – no concert

Aug 13 – Irwin Smith

Aug 20 – George Timms

Aug 27 – Blue Sky Flyers

Sept 3 – Grande Finale

 

3. Third Annual Craft Beer Festival – Saturday August 12th

An event for the adults, the Third Annual Craft Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity to escape the heat with a refreshing, cold brew. Get ready to sample Ontario’s own beers and ciders, with music and a cool breeze coming off the water.

 

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Port Perry Craft Beer Festival – Aug 12th

Event info:

12pm-6pm
Advance tickets: $20 (comes with 3 sample tokens)
At the door tickets: $25 (comes with 1 sample token)
Additional Sample Tokens: $2 each

4. Brits on the Lake – Sunday August 13th

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Brits on the Lake in Port Perry

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be British? Wonder no more when you attend the Brits on the Lake event, rain or shine. The classic motoring revival is something to see, with all kinds of cool, unique cars to explore and snap a photo with.

Event info:

11am- 2pm at Port Perry

Learn more about Brits on the Lake

5. Movie nights in Palmer Park – August 17 & 24

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Disney Beauty and Beast – Thurs. August 17th show time starts at 8:30pm

Bring your own blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a movie night under the stars on August 17 and 24th this month. On Thursday, August 17 they will be playing the newest Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with the old school version of Aladdin we all know and love on August 24. The kids will be thrilled at the chance to watch a movie outdoors!

The movies will begin at dusk (approx 8:30) so bring some snacks, a sweater, and your family and friends to snuggle up and enjoy a show.

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Disney Aladdin – Thurs August 24

 

6. Pioneer Day – August 20th

Celebrate Pioneer Day at the Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives.

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Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives.

The entire family will enjoy taking place in unique pioneer games, watching performances, checking out the live demonstrations, and trying out the various activities and crafts that will transport them back in time. It is a great way to enjoy a piece of history in the middle of the summer. Make sure to follow them on Instagram.

Event info:

Sunday, August 20th from 11am until 4pm

7. Demo Derby at Blackstock Fair – August 26th

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Vroom vroom! Get ready for a loud weekend of fun at the Demo Derby at Blackstock Fair. Watching the cars smash into each other and drive around is a ton of fun, and it is a guaranteed fun time for everyone. This event is definitely going to be one of a kind.

Event info:

Derby begins at 7pm.

Adults: $10, Parking, $2

 

Also, the Blackstock Fair will be in full effect after the derby, with food, games, and tons of fun activities for the entire family.

8. Yoga in the Village – August 27th

Get your namaste on with Yoga in the Village, taking place at the Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives. Hosted by Port Perry Flowyoga Studio, there is no better way to enjoy yoga moves than under the shining sun. Bring your own yoga mat and towel and arrive early to claim your spot.

Event info:

9:45-10:00 am, Welcome, set up and sign in.

10:00-11:00am, Yoga Class with certified instructor from Port Perry Flowyoga.

11:00-11:30am, Complimentary coffee, tea and water social in the church

11:30am, Walk around and tour the Museum.

$10.00 per person OR receive 20% off if you pre-register before August 25th at 4:00 pm.

9. Annual Port Perry Fair – Labor Day Weekend

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Port Perry Fair – Labour Day Weekend

Who says Labour Day cannot count as August? The Annual Port Perry Fair is one of our favorites, and with the Canada 150 spirit still in full swing, there will be a ton of new and fun activities to enjoy. If you are up for the challenge, there will be a Tough Udder obstacle course event on the Sunday. Check out all of the events here.

Event info:

Adult (14 or over) $12 per day

Adult Weekend Pass $30 (All weekend INCLUDING concert!)

Child (5-13 years) $5 per day

Child Weekend Pass $10

Preschoolers (4 and under) FREE

Parking $3 per day

10. Take in the sunset during dinner – Anytime

As summer is winding down, there is no better time than August to take some time on a patio to enjoy a good meal and a drink. Whether it is date night or family night out, or a catch up with a friend, Port Perry offers tons of amazing restaurants to try out. Harp & Wylie’s Canadian Grill House has an incredible burger that is a must-try and Jester’s Court Pub & Eatery offers homemade meals that will fill your heart and stomach up.

If you are feeling spontaneous, walk along the water or the downtown core of your favorite small town and see where the summer night takes you!

New house, new pool: What you need to know

Buying a home with a pool? Here’s what you need to know

Pools often get mixed reactions from potential home buyers. People are either ecstatic about the idea of having a pool in the backyard, or say it’s a complete deal breaker. Having a pool in your backyard is a big commitment, and while it’s one that can bring summers full of entertainment, swimming, and hosting, some may see it as a long term commitment of care and resources.

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Many people wonder: Is a pool right for our home? Owning a pool is a very personal decision, and if you or your family is thinking it’s right for you — that’s great! A pool can bring many positives to home ownership. However, there are also many reasons potential buyers hesitate. Before you jump in — literally! — here are some things you should know about owning a pool.

Is a pool the right investment to increase home value?

Yes and no. It really depends on where you live — in warmer climates, owning a pool is a major plus. But, we live here in Canada where our summers can be hit or miss. While it also depends on the province (East and West coasters have different weather), many home buyers in Canada are split on whether or not a pool is a value add, making the investment can be a gamble.

If you’re considering installing a pool, only invest a modest amount that you can afford and ensure it’s the right fit for your home. Does it fit nicely in the property lot? Is it going to be well designed and maintained? Is your neighborhood a family-friendly neighborhood which would attract the right pool-friendly buyers? All of these are good questions to consider whether or not a pool is the right investment to increase your home value. If you’re on the fence, feel free to consult your realtor, as they’re experts on the real estate market and can give you some insight.

Long-term commitment & care

A pool is a ton of fun, but they don’t take care of themselves! A pool requires constant upkeep to ensure the water is swimmable and it remains in top working condition. Pools require not only time, but also a significant financial commitment to take care of a pool all year round.

Some questions to ask yourself: Are you a family that will have time to take care of the pool? Does the overall care and maintenence fit into your budget? If you’re too busy, do you have the budget to pay someone to maintain the pool? If something breaks, do you have enough slush money to pay for repairs?

Pools definitely don’t come cheap, and although many families would say the investment and maintenance is worth it, others end up burdened with the costs.

To get a rough idea at the financials, here are some costs you should prepare for:

  • Insurance: You’ll have to add insurance to your home insurance, and it may impact your premium. Plan on adding cost to your monthly insurance bill.
  • Chemicals: Pools require weekly, monthly, and yearly upkeep. The average cost of pool chemicals can cost you anywhere between $300 to $800, depending on how long you keep it open each year.
  • Pool cover & fencing: You want your pool to be safe and taken care of in the winter. You’ll likely have to invest in a pool cover, and should consider adding in a fence to ensure children or pets can’t run in and out of the pool area unattended. There are local municipality By-law stating that all pools have to be fenced. It’s always best to refer to your municipal by-law

 

Scugog township: https://goo.gl/7noXuZ

Kawartha Lakes: https://goo.gl/o8SmKP

Oshawa: https://goo.gl/GXhw3i

Clarington: https://goo.gl/pdckRU

 

  • Heating cost: Due to cooler Canadian summers, most families typically choose to heat their pools. Heating costs can run you anywhere between $100-$300 [ Approx ] a month, depending on the size of your pool.
  • Cleaning: Whether your DIY and pay for all of the tools, or hire some professionals, ensure that you include the cost of cleaning in your yearly (or monthly) pool budget.

Repairs & Budgeting

Once you’ve accounted for all of the upkeep costs, also consider having a bucket of budget set aside for potential repairs. Pools are outside and filled with water, so it’s no surprise that breakdowns and issues often arise each year. On top of any unplanned costs, there’s also basic upkeep costs, like a resurfacing your pool every 8-10 years, replacing the pump motor, getting a new liner every 15 years, fixing any plumbing or leak issues, and any other unplanned pool mishap.

If you’re buying a house with a pool, ask the real estate agent to get all the stats on the pool so you know what you may be in for: How big is the pump? When was it installed? How old is the cover? How much does the current home owner spend on maintenance and repairs? Etc. If you’re starry eyed about owning a pool, make sure you get all of the details before signing on the dotted line. Pools can be an amazing addition to your life, but also can come with a lot of responsibility. Get informed the best you can to know if your new pool is right for you.

 

So, do I want a pool?

Only you can know if a pool is the right choice for your lifestyle and home owning needs. Many families sing praises about owning a pool and love throwing pool parties, teaching their children to swim, lounging poolside, and don’t mind the responsibility and costs with it. Other families, curse and swear about their pool. As long as you do your research and fully understand what’s involved, chances are you will quickly realize what the right move is for you. If you’re still on the fence, hang out with someone who has a pool to get the full low down for what you’re getting into!

If you’re against owning a pool, but fall in love with a home that has a pool installed, talk to your realtor about options. You can always fill in or remove a pool if you’ve found a home that’s absolutely the one for you, excluding the pool.

The Bottom Line

Buying a house with a pool can be fabulous! Whether or not it adds value to the home depends on many factors…. and enjoy the summer weather.

Want to talk through the pros and cons? Reach out today! We are always happy to help.

Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate Group

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Summer activities for kids in Durham

Things to do with kids in the Durham Region this summer

10 fun (and cheap!) things to do with kids this summer

Summer is in full swing, and the kids are loving being out of school. With nice full days of sunshine and warm weather, it’s the perfect time to create new memories. It’s the perfect time to cut back on spending on things, and instead invest in time together as a family.

Luckily, there’s a ton of free or cheap activities to do with your children in the Durham Region. Your kids will love spending time with you outdoors, and you’ll enjoy having them entertained for hours! A win-win for summer!

Here’s a round-up of our favorite Durham Region activities to try this summer.

1. Explore the Scugog Shores Museum Village (1655 Reach Street, Port Perry)

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Located on Scugog Island, you’ll be able to take your kids for a real adventure to the Village overlooking the picturesque town of Port Perry. With 12 restored buildings, heritage flower gardens, and Ojibway Heritage Interpretive Lands, you can learn about history while taking in some new sites. See it for yourself on the Scugog Shores museum Instagram and Facebook page.

The Village is open 7 days a week, from 10am – 4pm, with guided tour available daily.

 

2. Cool off at the Cedar Park Resort water park (6296 Cedar Park Road, Bowmanville, ON)

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One of the best water parks in the region, the Cedar Park Resort has something for everyone to enjoy. With big waterslides, pools, and splash pads to play in, it’s the perfect way to spend a nice, hot day. Bring a picnic, some sunscreen and towels, and plan to spend a full day at the park!

Open Monday to Thursday from 10am – 6pm and Friday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm.

P.S – Get extra points after a fun day by stopping at the Enniskillen General Store for Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream. They’re just a 5 min drive north of the water park.

3. NEB’s Fun World – Free Bowling for Kids (1300 Wilson Rd N, Oshawa, ON)

(NEB’s World Website)

From July 2 until August 31, Kids age 15 and younger can get two free games of bowling a day all summer if you sign up online for your free pass. With 5 and 10 pin bowling, as well as Cosmic Bowling, NEB’s is a great place to escape the heat or hide away on a rainy day this summer.

Contact NEB’s Fun World for more information here.

4. Relax in a local Park

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The best thing about summer is the weather, and what a better way to enjoy it than a blanket, some music, food, and a picnic. Our top pick is Palmer Park in Port Perry (175 Water St, Port Perry, ON). With playgrounds, splash pads, and tons of green space, there’s lots for everyone to see and do for a day.

Also, from August 4-6, Ribfest is in town! Get more details here.

 

5. Learn how to skateboard (Port Perry, ON)

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The township of Scugog has three skateboard parks to choose from: Unity Skateboard Park, Blackstock Skateboard Park, and Ceasarea Skateboard Park. Kids are recommended to bring a helmet, knee and elbow pads, as well as wrist guards to avoid any tears and children under 10 should have an adult with them.

Don’t be shy – ask someone to show you the ropes!

6. Get out on the water at Trent Severn Waterways Locks (Port Perry/Kawartha Lakes, ON)

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Celebrating Canada’s 150 this year, the locks have waived their fees for everyone to enjoy. Hop on a boat and explore the waterways from the North Durham Region on Lake Scugog on up to the Kawartha Lakes. Make sure to stop and enjoy some lunch at our favorite spots: Fenelon Falls or Bobcaygeon are a must-try.

And, of course, find some of that yummy Kawartha Dairy ice cream!

7. Catch an outdoor movie at the Lindsay Twin Drive-In

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Your kids will go wild about getting to watch a movie in the car. Pack some snacks and kick back the seats for a sunset showing or a late night show for that special occasion. You can even pack blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the movie outside on the grass.

See what’s playing here.

 

8. Take in the beauty of Balsam Provincial Park (2238 Hwy 48 R.R #1, Kirkfield, ON

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One of the best and most beautiful provincial parks is in our area is Balsam Lake Provincial Park on Balsam Lake. With it’s stunning landscape and clean environment, the park makes for the perfect day trip with an hour drive time from Port Perry. Your kids will love taking in the nature of the trails, lake, and wildlife there is to see at Balsam Lake Park.

If you’re up for it, book a campsite and stay the weekend.

9. Check out the Blackstock Fair, August 26-27 (3440 Church St, Blackstock, ON)

(Blackstock Fair Website)

Games, climbing walls, bouncy castles (with a $5 play all day wristband, too!), tractor rides, chainsaw carving, camels, and a demolition derby on Friday, what can get better than the Blackstock Fair? Your kids will LOVE everything at the fair and it’ll be fun for the whole family. Check out the Olympic Joust for an interesting take on a fun game and try out the 55’ climbing wall for an adrenaline rush. Bring ear protection for the young ones, as it can tend to get loud!

More information can be found here.

 

10. Catch a FREE concerts in the Park at Palmer Park, every Sunday evening (175 Water St, Scugog ON)

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Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the Gazebo in Palmer Park every Sunday evening from June 18 to September 3. The fun begins at 6:30 pm and it’s absolutely free. If you want to skip making dinner, grab a delicious pizza from Jim’s Pizza across Palmer Park. As you listen to the lovely music, the kids can enjoy playing at the park between bites.

Did we miss your favourite spot for summer fun in Durham Region or Kawartha Lakes? Please let us know so we can check it out!

Have a great and safe summer

 

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Celebrate Canada 150 with a Kids Colouring Contest

Canada 150 – Kids Colouring Contest

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Download the Canada 150 colouring sheet available on the www.PuckrinLatreille.com website. Click here.

Learn more about our Canada 150 Kids Coloring Contest

Contest Rules:

Eligibility

The Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group is happy to team up with The Nutty Chocolatier in Port Perry to celebrate Canada 150.
Download the Canada 150 colouring sheet available on the www.PuckrinLatreille.com website. Click here.
Make sure name and contact info is clearly printed – telephone and email.

3) The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  Children must submit their colouring page at the Nutty Chocolatier – Port Perry location till June 25th.  6:00 pm.  To be eligible for the drawing in any particular age category, the entrant must submit their colouring sheet.   Upon submission of your entry, you will be automatically be given a coupon for One FREE Kiddy Ice Cream Cone from the Nutty Chocolatier – Port Perry location and be entered in the Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group Colouring contest draw.

Children may submit one entry only. All entries from individuals found to have been entered with the same name/address more than once will be void.
The Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group is not responsible for any lost, late, illegible, incomplete, falsified, or destroyed, entries which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Canada 150 colouring contest.

A) All entries become the property of Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group.
Two (2) Kids club prizes will be drawn on June 26th. The prizes are valued at $50 each.
* Complete name, age, and contact, information on the Colouring Sheet.

The draw prizes with be announced Monday, June 26th, 2017 

Don’t forget Have Fun,  BE Creative, and Celebrate Canada 150

 

Kids Get A Free 1 Kiddy Cone Ice Cream from The Nutty Chocolatier

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Exclusive: New Home Construction To Be Built at 174 Valentia Road Near Lindsay

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Model  A – 1245 sq ft.   listed at $579,900 

Exclusive, New built construction starting soon

Quality-future Built construction home in a great neighbourhood – Hamlet of Valentia, 10 minutes to Lindsay, Ontario. Located at 174 Valentia Rd.  Kawartha Lakes

Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom bungalow “To Be Built” home by a very reputable builder – New Image Homes.     Attention to  detail throughout.   Large open concept main living space features vaulted ceilings and engineered hardwood throughout main floor.

This home is ready for your decisions in regards to Flooring, Counters, Cabinets, amenities, etc… Make this blank canvas your own, personal dream home.

Master bedroom with 3 piece ensuite,  full unfinished basement with direct access  to  the large triple car garage. Conveniently Located- 20 minutes north of Port Perry and  10 minutes from Lindsay!

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Choose from 2 different floor plans Model  A with 1245 sq.ft.  or Model  B with 1605 sq.ft. 

Lot 21 Valentia_MODEL B plan

Model  B – 1605 sq.ft.  listed at $689,900

Address and Map 

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Now is your opportunity to pick your own finishes – from cabinets, counter tops, vanities, flooring; hardwood, ceramic, carpet and even exterior finishes from the builder samples

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All information displayed is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.  No warranties or representations are made of any kind.

 

Essential information

Model Type Type A Type B
Bedrooms 3 3
Bathrooms 2 2
Square Footage 1245 sq ft 1605 sq ft
Year Build 2017 2017
List price $579,900 $689,900
Garage 3 3
Parking Spaces 6 6
Amenities Well water & septic
Heating Propane gas forced air
Community  Information
Address 174 Valentia Rd.
Area Kawartha Lakes
School Info / District Trillium Lakelands District School

Presented by: Brett Puckrin, Sales Representative  and Cayleigh Hoag, Sales Representative  

Cayleigh

Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group 
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